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Back when Machida was seemingly untoachable (from roughly 5 days ago til UFC 98), there was a MMA Virtuoso named Pookie, and he stood proudly, on top of his prized yelling Rock and shouted to the masses, in one breath.
"The only thing that im unsure about with Machida is his ability to take leg kicks.
He spent most of his life and most of his training avoiding strikes and countering because he can utilize a greater range and greater skill-set of strikes against everybody hes faced so far.
When you havent conditioned your shins to take a muay thai kick because youre so used to avoiding the strike what happens when someone actually kicks him in the leg? Repeatedly? It may severely hinder his mobility, and his explosiveness.
Shogun doesnt leave the type of openings defensively that Rashad does, im interested if Machida is still going to avoid Shogun's arsenal when his skill set is so adept at making fights trench wars."
Crushingly, there was a murmur a thousand voices deep that disagreed.
"Counter Striker > Striker"
"Shogun's wild aggressive Chutebox Style is going to get him knocked out
Machida 3rd round tko, once shogun gasses"
Realizing the quantity of misinformed people, Pookie grabbed his walking stick, slammed it on the ground and shouted
The Naysayers said
" before raised their axes and pitchforks in a blood boiling Rage
But before the mob could mobilize Pookie shouted from his mountain top -
"He has accurate and powerful kicking from the outside, a longer reach than machida, and arguable better boxing. Someone who can fight machida on the outside and out damage them there will have the best chance at beating him. "
The Crowd yelled back such suggestions as
and even the misguided, yet forgivable
"No!" pookie whispered to himself. "None of those guys stand a chance." Before belting out into the cold mountain air -
"Shogun is the embodiment of the fighter that will cause machida problems."
"Shoguns stand-up defense and accuracy with his hands gives him the tools to get in and land shots consistently, then from the outside his kicks give him range to attack machida without worry of the counter punch."
The crowd was hushed. Torches were douced. Virgin's were taken. Tempers were fizzled, and soon the crowd started to walk away after a brief
was shouted back
After the crowd left Pookie's camp mate Kaskd climbed up to his Perch and asked the wise sage
"Yeah, but are you really going to pick shogun?"
Pookie took a breath, contemplated and said
"Shogun probably is going to lose, i just wanted to sound smarter than everyone in case im right."And so the story goes, Shogun went on to relighten the torch of hope and optimism inside all of his fans hearts, and Pookie got to be right twice because Machida won anyway